It was a busy 15 ½ hours for the Barrie Police Service who dealt with four drivers who made the wrong choice and chose to drive while they were impaired.

It started yesterday morning at 10:01 a.m. when a Barrie Police officer, who was on general patrol, came across a three-car collision at Simcoe and Mary Streets. A sport utility vehicle  being operated by a 22-year-old Barrie man rear ended a stopped motor vehicle which was pushed forward into another stopped car. While speaking with the involved drivers, police determined that the driver of the sport utility was impaired, and he was arrested. The male was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where a qualified Drug Recognition Evaluator confirmed that he was impaired by drug. Police also learned that the sport utility he was operating was being driven without the owner’s consent. The accused male has been charged with Operation While Impaired – Drug, Take Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Consent and was later released to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on April 3, 2024.

The night shift started with a report of a single motor vehicle collision involving a Porsche that was being operated southbound on Crawford Street when it left the road, struck a curb, travelled onto a boulevard where it struck an internet control box. The car continued across a second property where it struck a retaining wall and then continued southbound to Ardagh Road. Internet to the immediate area was disrupted and the car sustained significant damage. Upon arrival of police, the driver, a 57-year-old Barrie resident exhibited obvious signs of impairment and was arrested. He was transported to Police Headquarters where a qualified breathalyzer operator determined that he was impaired by alcohol. The male has been charged with Operation While Impaired – Alcohol, Operation While Impaired Over .80mgs, Owner Operate Motor Vehicle Without Insurance and Fail to Report Accident. He was later released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on March 25, 2024.

Then this morning, at 1:08 a.m., a Barrie Police officer stopped a pickup truck on Essa Road at Gowan Street where the driver, a 31-year-old from Georgetown, exhibited characteristics associated with being impaired. An Alcohol Screening Device was administered, a fail was registered, and as a result, the driver was arrested. He was transported to Headquarters where a qualified breathalyzer operator confirmed that he had consumed alcohol, but not enough to be criminally charged. The driver was later charged under the Highway Traffic Act with Novice Driver- Blood Alcohol Concentration Above Zero, his driver’s licence was suspended for 3-days and the pickup truck was impounded.

The last incident that Barrie Police was involved with that involved a suspected impaired driver was called in just before 1:00 a.m. this morning and concluded with a head on collision involving a fully marked Barrie Police Sport Utility Patrol Vehicle at 1:20 a.m. on Johnson Street, near Alexander Avenue. The driver, a 43-year-old male from Barrie, who was operating a pickup truck, was arrested at the scene, is facing Operation While Impaired – Drug, Dangerous Operation, Possession of Property obtained by Crime, Operation while Prohibited and Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Opioid (other than Heroin) charges. The involved police vehicle sustained moderate damage and the police officer was uninjured. The driver of the pickup was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and is being held in custody for a bail hearing.

The Barrie Police Service is again reminding drivers that impaired driving is not acceptable and there are many available options to get home safely after a day or night out that involves alcohol or drugs. Each of the drivers who have been charged with impaired related offences have had their driver’s licences suspended for 90-days and their motor vehicles impounded in accordance with the Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension program.

Occurrence #: BA24012600/BA24012697/BA24012749/BA24012747
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon


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